The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies
by United States. War Dept; United States. War Records Office; United States. Record and Pension Office; United States. Congress. House; Scott, Robert N. (Robert Nicholson), 1838-1887; Lazelle, H. M. (Henry Martyn), 1832-1917; Davis, George B. (George Breckenridge), 1847-1914; Perry, Leslie J; Kirkley, Joseph W. (Joseph William), 1841-1912; Ainsworth, Fred C. (Fred Crayton), 1852-1934; Moodey, John S. (John Sheldon), b. 1842; Cowles, Calvin D. (Calvin Duvall), 1849- comp
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Notes Series 1, v. 1-53, series 2, v.1-8, series 3, v. 1-5, and series 4, v. 1-3 include "Alternate designations of organizations mentioned."
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Found also in the House Miscellaneous documents of the 52d to the 56th Congress
Each number has special index. Inserted in each volume: Additions and corrections ... Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1902
Series 1, v. 1-53, series 3, v. 1-5, and series 4, v. 1-3 include "Alternate designations of organizations mentioned."
Vol. 54-55 of series 1 [serial no. 112-113] "have not been published, and no material for them is in hand." cf. General index, p. xi. Series 2, v. 1 [serial no. 114] with imprint 1894, was not issued until 1898
Edited in the War Records Office, 1880-July 1899; in the Record and Pension Office, July 1899-1901
Robert N. Scott compiled and edited v. 1-18, 1880-87, and also collected the greater part of the material for v. 19-36, 1887-91. After his death in 1887 the work was continued by Henry M. Lazelle, 1887-89, and by a board of publication, 1889-99, consisting of George B. Davis, 1889-97, Leslie J. Perry, 1889-99, Joseph W. Kirkley, 1889-99, and Fred C. Ainsworth, 1898-99; from 1899-1901 edited by Fred C. Ainsworth and Joesph W. Kirkley
Supplemented by: "Atlas to accompany the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. Pub. under te direction of the ... secretaries of war, by Maj. George B. Davis ... Mr. Leslie J. Perry ... Mr. Joseph W. Kirkley ... board of publicaton. Comp. by Capt. Calvin D. Cowles ..." (3 v. CLXXV (i.e. 178) fold. pl. (incl. illus., maps, plans) 48 x 40 cm.) published: Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1891-95. CALL NUMBER: G1201.S5U6 1891. Plates part colored. Issued in 37 parts. Assigned no. 261 of House Miscellaneous documents, v. 40, 52d Cong., 1st sess. (serial no. 2998). Documnet number does not appear i this copy; in other copies it appears in binder's title but not on t.-p. Inserted: ... Additions and corrections ... Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1902. 2 p. 23 cm. CONTENTS: pl. 1-135c. Military operations inthe field.--pl. 136-161. General topographical map.--pl. 161-171. Military divisions and departments.--pl. 172-175. Miscellaneous
Ser. I. v. 1-53 [serial no. 1-111] Formal reports, both Union and Confederate, of the first seizures of United States property in the southern states, and of all military operations in the field, with the correspondence, order and returns relating specially thereto. 1880-1898. 111 v.--ser. II. v. 1-8 [serial no. 114-121] Correspondence, orders, reports and returns, Union and Confederate, relating to prisoners of war and to state or political prisoners. 1894 [i.e. 1898]-1899. 8 v.--ser. III. v. 1-5 [serial no. 122-126] Correspondence, orders, reports and returns of the Union authorities (embracing their correspondence with the Confederate officials) note relating specially to the subjects of the first and second series. It embraces the reports of the Secretary of War, of the general-in-chief and of the chiefs of the several staff corps and departments ... 1899-1900. 5 v.--ser. IV. v. 1-3 [serial no. 127-129] Correspondence, orders, reports and returns of the Confederate authorities, similar to that indicated for the Union officials, as of the third series, but including the correspondence between the Union and Confederate authorities given in that series. 1900. 3 v.--[serial no. 130] General index and additions and corrections. Mr. John S. Moodey, indexer. Preface [by Elihu Root, Secretary of War]. Explanations. Synopsis of the contents of volumes. Special index for the principal armies, army corps, military divisions and departments. General index. Additions and corrections [arranged consecutively by volumes]. 1901
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War of the Rebellion
This is an invaluable, primary source of information concerning The War of Northern Aggression.
History, as it was, presented in an unadulterated, unfiltered fashion.
Read for just awhile and experience the movement of troops as they happened. The sidebars of orders, directives and edicts issued by those in command for whatever effect are recorded accurately and at times are chilling. What is necessary to wage war successfully in an era before instant communication?
This compilation is the real deal. As close as you can possibly get to the mindsets and movements of those involved.
This is history alive. Living and breathing and still pertinent to life in America though 140 years distant.
Is the American Civil War still important to today's USA? I say yes and I recommend this compilation to serious students and other interested parties as not only a great thing for browsing and thought but also the exciting "You are There" aspect the reading will bring to you.